casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you.
1 Peter 5:7 NKJV
Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about you.
1 Peter 5:7 NLT
If I could be honest, the last 16 hours of my life have been far less than stellar. Almost debilitating. It’s in moments like these that we must come to the throne room of our Heavenly Father and lay bare…naked before Him.
Our key Scripture for the day is one of my favorites. A couple of years ago I started using an activity called Cast Your Cares. Before starting our study we would write down everything bothering us, put it in an envelope, and cast them to Jesus so that we could properly receive Him that evening.
This activity is something that I have to constantly employ in my own life. Early this morning it was nothing different. I woke up from my very short sleep, short of breath because of the weight of my cares, teary eyed with the reality of life fighting against my faith, and just purely exhausted.
I pulled myself from bed and into a position to give my heart’s cries to my Father, the lover of my soul, my protector, my redeemer. I just so happened to write them out to Him because I couldn’t formulate the words any other way. This honesty with Him was something that had been lacking the last week as I tried to handle things myself and deal with these weights alone. As a result the words on my paper surprised me. The way I was feeling surprised me. The pain
that was pouring out surprised me. But these words were necessary. The pouring out was necessary. Philippians 4:6-7 tells us to Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.
I had to be honest about how I was feeling. Through my tears I had to thank God for being there for me even if I wasn’t coming to Him fully like I could have earlier in the week. Through the hurt I had to tell Him what I needed from Him. My last words on that sheet of paper were, “Help me! Lord help me!” and then I sat back in my seat. Then, out of nowhere, He made good on His promise. A sense of peace settled within me. The tears could no longer fall (even if I wanted them to), the weight in my chest disappeared, breathing was no longer a chore, and my exhaustion turned into rest.
My decision to be transparent today was not for sympathy but I know that I am not the only one that has rough moments, even as a ‘more mature Christian’, whether they are a few minutes or last for much longer. I know that someone else may need to be encouraged to lay all of your burdens at the feet of the Father this morning.
Nothing about my situation has changed in the physical but God showed me that He will always make good on His promises through the peace and rest that I was able to experience once I allowed my heart to cry out to Him in complete honesty and surrender. It was a reminder to me that all of it is already handled in the spirit making it easier for me to wait on the physical manifestation. He will no doubt do this same thing for you!
This walk is not always easy but a benefit of being a child of God is that we don’t have to walk it alone. Come unto Jesus all of you who are heavy laden and He promises to give you rest. His yoke is easy and His burden is light (Matthew 11:28-30). If it has become too heavy for you, you’ve picked up something that’s not yours. Cast every care back over to Him who gives you strength!
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Melanie N. Lee
I just REALLY love Jesus!!!
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